Follow this comprehensive guide to creating a winning LinkedIn profile photo
Your LinkedIn profile photo represents YOU. It tells the world who you are. Take a good, hard, long look at your current photo. Are you happy with it? I hope so. But if you’re not, you better do something about it. Now.
With 94% of recruiters using screening candidates on LinkedIn, it’s your one and only chance to make a first impression and you need to make the most of it. Read on for my round-up of great tools and ideas to get the perfect profile pic.
If you want to know how good your LinkedIn profile photo is … don’t ask your friends. You’re unlikely to get an honest opinion and while yes, it might spare your feelings, it won’t get you closer to the perfect profile photo.
Check out Snappr Photo Analyser which uses the latest research, combined with image recognition and machine learning technologies, to determine how well your photo will perform.
It automatically scans your LinkedIn profile photo and provides a score based on:
- Rule of Thirds
- Colour Temperature
You can see from my score, I’ve got some work to do. Back to the drawing board!
Make the best online impression you can. PhotoFeeler is an outstanding tool to share and receive opinions on your profile photos from unbiased strangers.
Spare your friends the burden of honest feedback.
Instead, join PhotoFeeler and receive insights from respectful voters of the gender and age range you choose.
Photofeeler has separate categories for Business, Dating, and Social photos and 9 traits you can test for.
Voters also leave notes with specific insights about how you’re coming across and advice for improving your impression.
We don’t all have the luxury of hiring a great photographer to capture our essence. Sometimes it’s just you and a phone. Enter: the professional selfie.
Taking self-portraits is awesome:
- You’re not imposing on your friends
- You don’t feel self-conscious
- No planning required. Just grab your camera or phone and go
- You can take thousands of photos in your quest for perfection
What you may lack in expertise you can certainly make up for in stamina and patience. Without some practice, I assure you there’ll be a winning shot among your efforts.
Photographer Rodnesha Green has written an amazing blog post on how to compose and take great professional selfies, regardless of your equipment. I highly recommend you read this if you decide to take your own photo.
This easy to follow guide from PhotoFeeler shows you step-by-step how to create a professional profile photo from home.
Squinching is New York-based photographer Peter Hurley’s top tip to looking photogenic.
Squinting your eyes can help ooze confidence and self-assuredness, as opposed to staring wide-eyed which projects fear and uncertainty.
Don’t believe me? Check out the video tutorial below and perfect your squinch!
If you want to really hit a home run in your portraits then follow Peter Hurley’s rules to capture the perfect jawline:
This outstanding guest post from leadership consultant Harrison Monarth featured in Entrepreneur.com and delves into the science and psychology of how impressions are formed.
Harrison also shares some actions you can take right now to improve your profile photo and ensure it represents you authentically AND professionally.
Yes, people are judging you.
LinkedIn recently announced the launch of photo-editing capabilities in their mobile app, including six photo filters. These are simple, easy to use tools to give your LinkedIn profile photo a boost.
There are now six photo filters available. My favourites are Spotlight, which brightens and improves contrast and Classic, which gives you a nice black and white look.
You can also crop and edit as well as adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation and vignette of your LinkedIn profile photo.
This is a super-quick, easy way to improve your profile photo.
If you want more control than you can get from your favourite photo app, there are plenty of powerful – and free – online photo editors available.
The Balance have put together this insanely comprehensive review of tools that will take your photography to the next level. You’ll need to master some basics – even simple edits like cropping can make a huge difference to your photo.
Check out these comprehensive guides from Photo Review:
- 6 Reasons You Need to Crop a Photo
- Cropping and Resizing
- Brightness and Contrast Adjustments
- Colour Adjustments
- Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation
- Converting to Black & White
So there you have it, my round-up of top tips to getting your LinkedIn profile photo well on the way to perfection.
Let me know what you think and if you have any tips to share, please post them in the comments.